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Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1915

The Associates of the Boston Public Library

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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Following a brief Annual Meeting, the Associates of the Boston Public Library will present the Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition, weighing the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1915.

Contenders for the prize are John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, P.G. Wodehouse’s Psmith, Journalist, and Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier. The books will be defended by Peter Keough, James Parker, and Alan Andres. WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti will moderate the irreverent debate, after which the audience will vote to determine the winner of the Retroactive Book Award of 1915. A reception with the panelists will follow. 


Debate Moderator:

Meghna Chakrabarti
Ms. Chakrabarti is the award-winning co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR's acclaimed weekly show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews, and analysis on issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond. Before taking the helm at Radio Boston in 2010, she produced and directed WBUR's national news and talk program, On Point.



Speaking for the Candidates:

Peter Keough
Mr. Keough is a contributing writer to The Boston Globe. He was previously the film editor for the Boston Phoenix. He also edited Flesh and Blood: The National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence, and Censorship.



Alan Andres
Mr. Andres is a freelance writer, book doctor, and book editor. He previously worked in editorial, marketing, sales and operations for a leading American publishing house. He has served on the board of the Associates of the Boston Public Library since 1997.




James Parker
Mr. Parker is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and has written for SlateThe Boston GlobeArthur Magazine and others. He was previously a staff writer at the Boston Phoenix and in 2008 won a Deems Taylor Award for music criticism from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.




Please join us for this lighthearted event on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6 PM in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis on the night of the event; but for planning purposes, please RSVP for this free event.

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When & Where

Boston Public Library's Abbey Room
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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The Associates of the Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library (BPL)’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, musical scores, works of art, and items of significant historic interest. The organization is committed to ensuring continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their cataloging, repair, restoration, digitization, and exhibition.


Over the past 43 years, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, designed to heighten public awareness of the Library's vast free educational resources. These programs include art and architecture tours, readings, lectures, curatorial evenings, exhibitions, music events, and an annual residency for an emerging children's writer. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Art Preservation Fund.


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